Product Brief: Axero Communifire
What is it?
Communifire is an on-premise or SAS collaboration platform built on ASP.NET.
Who makes it?
What does it do?
Communifire offers a variety of collaboration, communications and productivity tools including:
- Activity streams, discussion forums, workspaces and and online communities
- Task management
- Personal and shared calendars
- Private and group messaging
- Issue and case tracking
- Content and collaboration
Communifire is likely to compete with the the following products:
- Atlassian Confluence
- Microsoft SharePoint
Where can I get?
When it is available?
Communifire is available now.
How much does it cost?
Pricing runs from 10 users and 10/gb at $50 a month to 500 users and 75/gb for $1000 a month. Enterprise plans are also available.
Where in the world is it available?
Communifire is available worldwide. Localization is available via a built-in database. Documentation here.
Axero describes Communifire as Play-Doh, meaning that the software can be morphed into anything the acquiring organization can imagine. That is an overstatement, but as collaboration systems go, Communifire is one of the least rigid. Customization comes in the form of controls, along with HTML and Cascading Style Sheets.
Communifire orbits four key functional areas: social, content, structured work and virtual workspaces—though that is not their taxonomy.
The social aspects of Communifire include activity streams, notifications, messaging and chat, discussions and ideation. As an example of divergence in taxonomy, they include calendars and case tracking in “Social and Productivity,” and I think those are very different categories, with the latter list more structured collaboration, than productivity, and which should include their events, workflow and polls/surveys features.
Communifire support for content includes articles, which are a type of post, as well as blogs, wikis and pages. As with most of these tools deriving conceptually from the web, I would like to see Axero rationalize and simplify their options for work experiences.
Communications features include messaging and chat, which again, is another form of communication that begs the end user to choose a mode of communication rather than creating common objects viewed through different lenses.
Spaces, the Communifire version of a team space or virtual workspace, can include a variety of the tools listed above, from discussions to blogs to wikis. The malleability of the software permits those creating the space to choose among features implemented in a particular space. While this sounds like the perfect option for flexibly, buyers should be prepared to do some design work to help ensure that moving from one space to another isn’t a jarring experience.
Buyers looking to really make their collaboration space their own, on their own, should put Communifire at the top of their list—as long as they are willing to do the design work required to deliver a good work experience for their organization.